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Reading Japan

1st Edition

By Lidia Tanaka, Teresa Castelvetere


224 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Reading Japan offers the student readings on geopolitics, education, language, Japanese-ness and ethnicity, gender and history, with the dual aims of broadening students’ understanding of Japan and of providing opportunities to read authentic Japanese texts.

Each chapter contains an essay in English, a selection of readings in Japanese, comprehensive vocabulary lists, discussion questions, and a list of sources and additional readings.

Pitched at Intermediate to Advanced and B1-C1 level, this reader is not simply a language textbook; it offers students a chance to learn and think in depth about Japan as they build confidence in reading real-world Japanese texts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 日本史:朝家と武家 - Japanese history: the imperial family and warriors | Chapter 2 教育と近代日本の発展 - Education: The emergence of Japran's modern education system | Chapter 3 日本語いろいろ:和製語と方言について - Japanese language: waseigo and dialects | Chapter 4 ジェンダー について - Gender issues in Japan | Chapter 5 笑いとは - Humour in Japan | Chapter 6 日本人であることとエスニシティ - Japanese-ness and Ethnicity | Chapter 7 東アジアの地政学 - Japan and the geopoliticas of Northeast Asia

About the Authors

Teresa Castelvetere has a background in Japanese history and has taught Japanese in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. She currently works as a freelance translator and proof reader. Some of the titles that she has translated for Trans Pacific Press include Japan’s Ultra-Right by Naoto Higuchi, Japan’s Underclass by Aoki Hideo and Others in Japanese Agriculture by Yasuoka Kenichi.

Lidia Tanaka is currently an Honorary Associate, in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at La Trobe University, where she taught in the Japanese program for more than twenty years. She is author of Gender, Language and Culture: A study of Japanese Television Interview Discourse (2004) and Japanese Questions (2015). Her research interests include language and gender, and language in communicative interactions such as radio programs, television interviews, parliamentary sittings, and dyadic interactions. She is currently working on a collaborative project based on ethnographic interview data that looks at language changes in working class women’s speech in the Kobe area from 1989 to 2019.

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